Schreiner University has been awarded $5.6 million through a federal grant supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs at universities recognized for service to Hispanic students.
The U.S. Department of Education grant will enable the university to more effectively recruit, retain and graduate Hispanic and low-income students studying in STEM disciplines. Schreiner University, which has a 35 percent Hispanic student population, is recognized by the DOE as a Hispanic Serving Institution.
The grant will be disbursed in allotments over the next five years.
Schreiner President Dr. Tim Summerlin said the funds will help the university strengthen support services in STEM areas, fund a summer program to help with the transition to college, start a learning community for students with STEM majors, fund undergraduate research, support improved laboratory space and instrumentation, enrich faculty development, and improve the university’s communication with community college students considering enrolling at Schreiner.
“It is difficult to overestimate the value of a grant like this one. It has the potential to contribute to student success and academic excellence over a broad group of disciplines,” said Dr. Summerlin.
Noting that Schreiner’s successful grant proposal was ranked top among those awarded in Texas this year, Dr. Summerlin thanked the writing team, which includes Dr. Charlie McCormick, provost and vice president for academics; Dr. Diana Comuzzie, dean of the School of Sciences and Mathematics; and members of the faculty and the development office.
This is not the first time Schreiner been recognized for its role in serving Hispanic students. In 2013 the university received a DOE Title V grant for $3,250,000 over five years. That funding has been used to enhance academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability.
Schreiner is a four-year liberal arts university offering bachelor’s degrees in 34 majors and master’s degrees in business and education.
For more information about Schreiner visit the university’s website at www.schreiner.edu.